What Women Need to Know About Male Fertility

Ladies, having a baby isn’t just about women. Here are a few tips that you and your partner should know about the male half of the equation:

  1. Male infertility is more common than you think.

According to the CDC, 40-50% of infertility problems in all couples are due to problems with the male reproductive system. And that number may rise as data continues to show that the average sperm counts are dropping. In fact, most men today have a sperm count that the experts consider “sub-optimal.”

  1. A man’s age does matter.

It’s widely known that women reach a point in their lives where they are unable to have children. And while the decline isn’t as stark for men, his sperm concentration, sperm motility and sperm morphology all naturally decline by 1-2% per year after the age of 30. For couples trying to conceive, age does become a barrier in both partners, especially considering the recent trend to delay childbearing.

  1. He should be healthy and make good choices.

Many infertility issues can be impacted by health and lifestyle factors such as obesity, lack of exercise, chemical exposure, and vulnerability to heat in the testicular region. In general, what’s good for your body is probably good for your testicles. And, if the problem is due to some health, lifestyle, or environmental factor, it may actually be reversible or treatable.

  1. He’s probably not going to “dry up.”

A man isn’t going to run out of semen from having too much sex or from masturbating on the side. He’s got to ejaculate eventually, it’s just a matter of what comes out when he does. A typical semen sample contains millions of sperm. But lots of things can affect both quantity the quality of those male reproductive cells, making it tougher for him to get you pregnant. If he is having trouble ejaculating, there’s most likely some plumbing problems going on, which can be easily fixed. Check with your doctor to find out.

  1. A semen analysis is easy to perform.

Women often get tested first, and many times go through extensive (and expensive) medical evaluations before the male partner has been tested. But male testing is much easier, and often much, much cheaper than female testing. With one quick sample, you can find out a lot about his sperm quality and whether he may have fertility issues before you spend all your cash on yourself.

  1. Men should keep their sperm available while you’re ovulating.

The best time to have sex is while you’re ovulating—around 12-18 days after you get your  period. While you don’t need to have sex every day, having sex once every two to three days before and during this time period will increase your  chances of conceiving.

Have any questions about your man’s reproductive health? Feel free to reach out  and let us know. We strive to provide you and your partner with the convenient and accurate information to help you become parents.

References

Bar-Chama, Natan. “8 Things You Need to Know about Your Man’s Fertility.” Motherly, Motherly, 6 Feb. 2019.

Pallarito, Karen. “12 Things You Should Know About Your Guy’s Fertility.” Health.com, Meredith Health Group, 5 June 2018.